New Hotel Opens On Marina Front

Under construction for years, a new company finally took it over and completed it
BY: MAX POWERS

Last April Trip Advisor lit up with the buzz about a new resort scheduled to open in Cabo San Lucas the following November. The name was Breathless and was to be another resort by AMResorts, the folks who also manage Secrets and Dreams. The theories flew like wild fire, like, “There is no way they can build a new hotel in just a few months so they have to be replacing an existing hotel, but where?” “Will it replace ME” “Are they taking over the Gray Ghost?”

Come July the cat was finally out of the bag. The structure between the marina and Medano Beach, begun in 2112 but where construction had ground to a halt, was taken over by AMResorts in 2015. The complex is comprised of two buildings: a six-story rectangular cube of a gray building which hosts the hotel rooms, restaurant, and pool, and then there’s the smaller building where there’s a party pool, restaurants, and soon to be open spa and night club.

The bottom floor of both buildings will have retail shops run by Puerto Paraiso, but so far they’re all empty. The hotel has 169 suites, each with private terraces and marina views. Meeting and convention rooms are available to guests and locals for parties, weddings, and other gatherings. We’re betting not booze fuel Quinceañeras and bodas.

A grand opening party limited to travel agents and tour operators and by  invitation only was held on November 19th and the hotel officially opened on December 17th. But some guests arrived before the 17th and were shifted to the Secrets resort. At this time there are still some hotel rooms under construction and so is the nightclub called Purple. They are also currently building a walkway for guests and tourists to get from the marina, around the hotel, to Medano Beach.

marinahotel.jpgBreathless is a new AMResorts brand, their first in Mexico. The first two Breathless properties are in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.  It’s an “adult only resort for singles, couples, and friends.” Marketed as a modern, chic and luxury hotel, the advertisements, the entertainment offerings including evening lingerie catwalks in March, and the techno music pumped through the buildings from dawn til dusk are meant to entice a younger crowd, but the current guests skew to a more mature age.

Whatever the age, Breathless is definitely catering to Americans and Canadians with special events like a super bowl party, hamburger month, and Oktoberfest.  Breathless is promoted as a vacation club, (not time share), with a host of different packages including the Unlimited-Luxury and xhale club packages. Unlimited-Luxury is their fancy word for all inclusive including full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as 24 hour room service. This also includes unlimited booze, a mini bar, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, and use of the gym. The xhale upgrade is personal and private services (hmmmmm.....that could mean anything.....), plus a few other extras. (More anything.....). No wristbands are used, but that means it is impossible for locals to get inside. Security is extremely tight. Don’t even think about wandering in. How they are going to get townies in for their events, or even to go to their purple night club is a mystery.  It can be hard to find the entrance and once you do, if you are not on the list, you will not make it any further.

From Italian to seafood to burgers, there are seven dining options at Breathless including buffets, a la carte grills and a café, plus 24 hour complimentary room service. The booze is poured at five bars and lounges with top shelf liquors. They don’t take dinner reservations, every restaurant is first come first served.

One restaurant is not included in the package. La Biblioteca del Tequila (the Library of Tequila) will serve a range of dishes including sushi, wok dishes, small plates, tacos, and salads. Biblioteca’s chef is Richard Sandoval, a Mexico City native who has 40 concept restaurants around the world including his Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar at Punta Ballena here in Cabo. La Biblioteca will be opening soon and will be available to the public, but there’s that problem at the door, so good luck with that.

Although it is located on one of the calmest parts of Medano Beach, Breathless does not offer much in the way of beachfront and half of the beach is currently used by Baja Watersports’ rather ramshackle restaurant and activities booth.

Breathless claims the city permits for these establishments expired in December and that the city is “taking care of things,”  but a spokesman for Baja Watersports says, they have had a federal permit for 30 years to occupy that space. Meanwhile, Breathless has no beach, but hotel guests have a nice infinity pool that gives them a beautiful view of the arch and Baja Watersports and without all that pesky sand between their toes.  Intrigued? Locals can experience the hotel themselves by buying a $110 day pass or a $65 evening pass, both which include liquor and food.  But first you have to find it. The front door, (well, we think it’s the front door), is on an alley down at the end of the malecon near the grand entrance to the Hacienda. This door opens into a tiny, tiny reception area. It appears the Hacienda and Baja Watersports is hogging the best of the land, leaving just a sliver for Breathless, but they have done a nice job of what they have left to them.